Review + Giveaway: A Restored Man by Jaime Reese

Synopsis
Cole Renzo thinks his greatest challenge is to behave for the remainder of his term at Halfway House. Until he meets his new boss, Ty Calloway, a man who ticks off every box on Cole’s list of interests.
A sought-after restorer and customizer of exotic and collectible cars, Ty had enough confidence to command what he wanted in life, until one fateful night changed everything. Almost two years later, he’s slowly rebuilding his life with great control. He’s defied the odds and works tirelessly to be the man he once was—but he still feels broken.
Cole’s candor and unfiltered personality awaken Ty’s barely-remembered desire to greet each new day with a smile, while Ty’s unwavering acceptance of Cole’s quirks and brash humor makes Cole feel as if he fits in for the first time in far too long. When a nemesis threatens Ty’s personal restoration and the things he holds dear, Cole is determined to protect their relationship, even if that means sacrificing everything he’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ty will have to let his guard down, surrender control, and admit he needs Cole first, even if that puts himself at risk of breaking beyond repair.

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4.5 star review

Oh I just loved Cole in A Hunted Man so I couldn’t wait for his story in A Restored Man. He is a little comical, and a free spirited. After spending a few years in prison for grand theft auto he finds himself in the halfway house trying to get his life back. His passion is for cars. The sleek shiny metal and fast engines gets his blood flowing and the opportunity to work a body shop excites him. Cole has never had a love/love relationship with Aidan (detective) but he knows he will be seeing more of him since his new job will be working with Aidan’s brother, Ty, at his shop.

Ty was a puzzle for me to put together. He is reserved and soft spoken. He seemed to only be existing and not fully living. After surviving a tragedy that cost him so much he can’t seem to snap back into the everyday life and be happy that he made it.

Cole is a free spirit who is trying to survive his time while in the halfway house until he can finally be free. Meeting Ty changed his life, made him crave things, and changed his view on what is the most important. Not only is Cole completely lovable and humorous he has a bit of a wild side.

The connection between Ty and Cole was so deep you could almost feel it down to your toes. The sparks they produced for each other had me sweating. When I got to read them together it was like a was reading a couple who had been married for decades reuniting after being apart for so long. They knew very little about each other but acted as if they had known each other their whole lives. Ty was more reserved about himself and his past, for so long he kept Cole at a distance but there was no denying their strong connection.

Ty seriously broke my heart during this read with what he had gone through and how he viewed himself. I wanted to wrap him in my arms and tell him just how amazing he was and how anyone would be crazy not to fall madly in love with him. Cole, too at times broke my heart. He may seem silly and be a smartass at times but I feel under that tough exterior is a heart that wants to be loved. He too suffered a great loss in his past and has suffered ever sense.   They were each broken in their own way but together they made each other whole. The healed each other in a way that they couldn’t achieve on their own.

Now don’t go into reading A Restored Man thinking its only lovey dovey kiss kiss hug hug because there is a story here, a story that not only will either pull Cole and Ty closer together but could also have the potential to rip them apart.   When Cole sees his past coming up behind him again threatening to take everything he has and the one he truly does love away from him he will need to step it up and push the pedal just a little harder than before to keep everything he has in his hands.

Another great addition to the Halfway House series and I just know that Aidan’s book is next and I am looking forward to that one. Cole and Aidan’s banter in A Restored Man cracked me up and I am sure it was just the tip of the iceberg for what’s in store for us in his book. He will defiantly be a hard nut to crack but I have no doubts that Jaime is just the woman to crack his nuts!   If you haven’t read the series I strongly encourage it. They can be stand alones however you need to learn the characters from the beginning to get a good understanding of what makes them so special. Grab the series and devour it like I did. I promise you will love it.

Ena

Excerpt
“I thought those were the service bays,”
Cole said, thumbing over his shoulder.
“They’re for the traditional shop work my techs
do on a daily basis. These are my
service calls. Side project I’m doing and there’s no money in it for the guys
so I don’t really want to burden them. I figured we could work on them and, in
between, we could tinker with the Yenko if you want or wrap up the last few
details on the Drayton rig. I worked on most of it over the weekend but there
are still a few things to finish up.”
Cole stopped walking. “You’d let me work on the
Yenko with you?”
Ty nodded. “Sure, why not. I’ve seen how picky
you are with your work.”
“So it’s my reward for helping you with your
service calls?”
Ty chuckled. “Do you do tricks too?”
Cole raised an eyebrow and half smiled. “Oh, I’ve
got a lot of tricks I can show you.” He smiled at the rush of color to
Ty’s cheeks, loving the way Ty always reacted to his teasing.
“You do realize you’re an HR nightmare,” Ty
said, looking at Cole with that glimmer in his eye.
Cole’s pulse raced. “HR?”
“Human Resources. Sexual harassment, all
that,” Ty said, trying to look serious and indifferent, but failing
miserably.
Cole belly-laughed so loud it echoed in the shop. He
then stilled, straightened his shoulders, and mocked a serious tone. “I
could, of course, be completely professional and proper with you, Mr. Calloway,
if that is your preference,” he said, mimicking Matt’s formal tone.
Ty turned to face him, the mock seriousness
transitioning into something more genuine. “And I, of course,” he
said, reciprocating Cole’s tone, “would be deeply disappointed.”
He looked up into those brown eyes and smiled.
“My army of superheroes and I would be as well.” He bit back a smile
and bowed.
Ty’s low rumble-laugh shot straight to Cole’s dick.
Cole straightened. “Admit it, you like me.”
Ty raised his hand and put his thumb and index
fingertips together with only a sliver of a gap between them. “Maybe a
little bit.”
Cole
looked at Ty’s fingers then glanced back at him with a huge grin on his face.
“It’s a start,” he said before walking off to the two cars parked in
the bay.
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Meet the Author
Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.
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